High on Fire Drops Video for Title Track of New LP ‘Cometh the Storm’

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High on Fire (L to R: Jeff Matz, Matt Pike, Coady Willis) credit: James Rexroad

Iconic U.S. rock band, High on Fire, will release its new LP, ‘Cometh the Storm’, on April 19. The GRAMMY Award-winning group, celebrating its 25th anniversary, recorded ‘Cometh the Storm’ at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with producer Kurt Ballou. The 11-song effort — the band’s ninth studio album — marks the release of the first new High on Fire music since 2018’s ‘Electric Messiah’ and the first to feature drummer Coady Willis (Big Business, Murder City Devils), alongside bassist Jeff Matz, and guitarist/vocalist Matt Pike. ‘Cometh the Storm’ boasts runic art and design by longtime High on Fire collaborator Arik Moonhawk Roper. Pre-order/save High on Fire’s ‘Cometh the Storm’ at this location.

Now, High on Fire drops a music video for the new album’s title track, directed by Phil Mucci for Diabolik Films. Experience “Cometh the Storm” at this location.

“Cometh the Storm” was built from a riff I started playing on bass at practice,” explains bassist/guitarist Jeff Matz. “I was noodling around with this melancholic harmonic minor line, just hammering the notes with my left hand, when Matt yelled out “Are we recording this!?” The chorus riff was something Coady and I came up with when we were jamming in LA. Matt then came in and worked up some rough lyrics and came up with the vocal line. For the chorus, I used this fretless bass I’d acquired. The weight of the low frequencies this thing produced was insane—how it blended with the guitars and drums, it was like being hit with a sledgehammer. We knew right away that this was going to be an epically heavy track.”

“This was the first time I got to work with the guys on set and we had a blast,” offers Mucci. High on Fire lyrics can always be interpreted in a number of ways, so I started by trying to define “The Storm”. A huge list of visual ideas got whittled down to the two essential characters at work, The Man and Gaia, representing duel ends of the spectrum — with a very destructive cross-over. I always try to keep things light and encourage everyone to come with ideas — like Coady’s burning cymbal idea! No better way to end your High on Fire shoot than with exploding cymbals!”

High on Fire will kick off U.S. headlining tour dates in support of ‘Cometh the Storm’ on May 4 in Orlando, FL. The jaunt will feature support from Venezuelan post rock outfit, Zeta, and Massachusetts crossover crew High Command. The just-announced tour dates are as follows:

High on Fire ‘Cometh the Storm’ spring U.S. tour
(w/ Zeta, High Command)

May 4    Orlando, FL            Conduit
May 5    Columbia, SC         The Senate
May 7    Greensboro, NC     Hanger 1819
May 8    Richmond, VA         The Broadberry
May 10  Baltimore, MD         Baltimore Soundstage
May 11  New Haven, CT       Toad’s Place
May 12  Jersey City, NJ        White Eagle Hall
May 13  Cambridge, MA       The Middle East
May 15  Albany, NY              Empire Live
May 16  Cleveland Heights, OH   Grog Shop
May 17  Detroit, MI               The Magic Stick
May 18  Chicago, IL              3 Floyd’s Brewing (Dark Lord Day feat. High on Fire, Abbath, Fugitive, 1349, Spiritworld)

“High on Fire legion! We are stoked to take the stage in a city near you as we bring ‘Cometh the Storm’ to life,” offers the group. “Looking forward to a triumphant run of shows and reuniting with friends. See you soon!”

High on Fire has also released a video for the new record’s lead track, “Burning Down”, captured live and on location at GodCity by Jason Zucco during the recording of “Cometh the Storm”. Portions of the video footage feature direct takes of the record’s recording sessions, including the fervent vocals of Matt Pike. Absorb High on Fire’s “Burning Down” video at this location.

The drop of the “Burning Down” video follows the release of a haunting, fever dream visualizer for the powerhouse song, created by Lars Kristoffer Hormander. Experience High on Fire’s “Burning Down” visualizer at this location.

“I think this band’s always had a really good drive,” states Matt Pike. “It’s a different entity. It’s its own thing. Which, I think, makes all of us very proud to be a part of it. It’s not an average band.”

“Being a fan of each other’s bands for a long time, it feels like all bets are off and anything goes which is a liberating feeling,” shares Willis. “That feeling of making something out of all of these imperfect parts and it becomes this magical, weird, new idea that none of us ever anticipated. Against all odds. That’s the joy of it.”

“It’s interesting, whenever there’s a lineup change in a band,” offers producer Kurt Ballou. “It can take a little while to rebuild. But it’s also an opportunity to reinvigorate the band and I think that’s what’s happened here.”

 High on Fire is available to speak with interested media. To chat with the band/request an advance copy of Cometh the Storm, simply contact Carl Schultz at Action! Public Relations.

Track listing:

1.) Lambsbread
2.) Burning Down (stream VIDEO)
3.) Trismegistus
4.) Cometh The Storm (stream VIDEO)
5.) Karanlık Yol
6.) Sol’s Golden Curse
7.) The Beating
8.) Tough Guy
9.) Lightning Beard
10.) Hunting Shadows
11.) Darker Fleece

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